Danish firm BIG architects has won the international competition to design a new waste-to-energy treatment plant on the Outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark. In an attempt to re-brand the idea and aesthetics of the standard factory, ‘Amagerforbraending’ gives a secondary function to the structure by adding a public ski slope on to its roof.
BIG architects has designed a lot of mountain-like buildings, but this would qualify as their most ambitious in terms of scale and use. They wanted to avoid just wrapping an industrial building to make if look nice. The philosophy from the onset is to use “Hedonistic Sustainability – the idea that sustainability is not a burden, but that a sustainable city in fact can improve our quality of life.” The design is all about the public good, as it stitches two very different aspects of the city together, making an industrial development a tourist attraction.